The Holley Terrace Civic Association

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Welcome to Your Civic Association!

The mission of the Holley Terrace Civic Association is to preserve and enhance our subdivision so that our quality of life, our investment in our homes and our family's safety are enriched. 

Our Elections were a success!

Please welcome and congratulate  Rebekah Nielsen as our new President and Ralph Marx as Vice-President.

We thank Allen Beck and Tom Navarre, our outgoing President and Vice-Presidents for their service to the neighborhood.

Click here for the minutes of the Annual Meeting and Elections.


Key information about our deed restrictions!

This is a summary of the most useful and critical information contained in the Holley Terrace Civic Associations governing documents: The Bylaws and the Restrictive Covenants (Deed Restrictions). This is not to say that the other provisions are not important; the Association will apply all of its rules. Please make reference to the full text of these documents which are available on this website.

This summary serves to underline the standards that matter most to ensure that we preserve and enhance our subdivision so that our quality of life, our investment in our homes and our family's safety are enriched.

Membership: Strictly speaking, the owner of the home is automatically a member of the Association. For the purposes of the day-to-day business of the Association a member is anyone who lives in the house.
 
Meetings: We meet at least once a year to elect the Directors. The target date is the second Tuesday in December but notices will go out to inform everyone of a change of date if necessary. We’ll let you know where we'll meet. We will give at least five days prior notice of why, when and where. A quorum of members is 10% or 35 (There are 348 houses in Holley Terrace.)
 
Governance: The Association is managed by a Board of Directors who are nine in number. Residency in the neighborhood is the only requirement to be a Director. Directors are elected for one.
 
The Board gives guidance, sets priorities and makes major decisions. But it is the Officers who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Association’s affairs. The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are elected for a two-year term at the Annual Meeting. The President and Treasurer are not to serve more than two consecutive terms.
 
It is the duty of Street Captains to represent their street and facilitate communication between the Association and the residents on their street. Normally Street Captains should reside on the street they represent.
 
There are any number of committees that the Association are to create but the most important is the Development Standards Committee which is appointed by the Board. It has the authority to approve new construction and remodeling (more on this below).
 
Assessments or Dues: Association dues are entirely voluntary but the recommended donation is $45 a year. The dues are used to pay for the upkeep of the esplanade, pay gas money for our Citizens-on-Patrol, the printing of our newsletters, block parties, etc.
 
Restrictive Covenants (Deed Restrictions): Ours is a residential neighborhood and the rules (deed restrictions) exist only to ensure that Holley Terrace remain a place for people to live in peace, safety and relative quiet. The restrictions are also designed to protect the investment that our houses represent. Here are the things that we care most about, these are the things that make the most difference.
 
Enforcement: It is the Association’s duty to enforce its Covenants and Deed Restrictions but any resident or homeowner in our subdivision may seek, by any legal means or through the office of the city, county or state to redress or stop their violation.
 
Residential Use: The houses are to be used for single family residential purposes. Multi-family residential, commercial, club, rooming houses and industrial structures uses are prohibited, whether conducted on a for profit basis or not.
 
No room, section of a house or a garage apartment are to be rented separately. Renting includes granting the right to any person not related by blood to the Owner to reside in a house in return for any monetary or non-monetary compensation.
 
Commercial Use: Low profile commercial activities are allowed provided that there are no employees, no signs, no advertising of home address. Existence of the commercial activity may not apparent from without.
 
Animals: No livestock, poultry, bees or other non-domesticated animals of any kind are to be raised, bred or kept on any lot. Dogs must be confined behind a secure fence and are to not be allowed to roam freely.
 
Noise: Unusually loud activities are prohibited at all times. After 10:00 p.m. and before 7:00 a.m. loud activities are prohibited so that the reasonable enjoyment of residents is not disturbed.
 
Vehicle Storage: Vehicles must be parked on an improved driveway, or in a garage. No boat, trailer, camper, motor home or any vehicle other than a passenger car or pickup truck are to be parked or stored in front or at the side of any main residence building. Commercial vehicles may not be parked on a street or an improved driveway for more than three consecutive days.
 
Any inoperable vehicle are to be stored where it is not be visible from the street or other public areas. This refers to a vehicle which lacks either a current registration or inspection sticker or is clearly wrecked and is in view of a street for 30 days out of any 60 day period.
 
Weeds and Trash: Residents are to keep the yard mowed and edged, all weeds cut and will not permit the accumulation of trash on any lot. Trash cans, trash bags and/or other debris are to be stored in the back yard or in a garage, but in any case are to not be stored in front of the house or garage. Dead trees are to be removed in a reasonable time frame.
 
Signs: No permanent signs are to be permitted to be displayed on any lot. Political signs during an election campaign, real estate signs and garage/yard/estate sale signs for the days of the sale are permitted.
 
Maintenance and Painting: Homeowners are to maintain their homes in a reasonable state of repair and will paint the exterior when necessary.
 
Temporary Buildings: Mobile homes, manufactured houses, and temporary buildings are prohibited. Movable storage structures are allowed behind the house in the rear yard of a lot, provided they do not exceed 10 feet in height, do not exceed 100 square feet in floor space, are located at least five feet from lot lines and are not used for living space.
 
Construction: No lot are to be further subdivided or reduced in size. Lots in Holley Terrace are to have an area of not less than 7,500 square feet and a width of less than 65 feet at the front building setback line. In general, all structures must be set back 25 feet from the front street line. No carports, porte-coheres or similar structures are allowed. Fences are prohibited closer to a street than the building setback lines and may be located on side or rear setbacks only.
 
More than one house, one garage and two accessory structures on a lot are prohibited. No prefabricated home, mobile home, house trailer or any similar structures are allowed to be placed on any lot.
 
No residence is to have less than 51% brick on its exterior wall area. No asbestos siding is to be used on any part of any building and all roofs are to be composition shingle of timberline quality or better.
 
No structures are to be erected, placed, or altered on any lot until reviewed for conformance with these Restrictions and approved in writing by the Development Standards Committee (“DSC").
 
Development Standards Committee: Please note that any new construction and/or remodeling requires that an application be submitted to the Development Standards Committee. The application must include site plans, elevation, setbacks, floorplans, etc. Please see the bylaws for more information on the authorization procedure. This is important for the cohesion of the neighborhood and to maintain its character. It is also important to ensure that won’t have to tear down something some unauthorized, non-standard structure after having spent good money on it. The committee will study the application and communicate its decision within 30 days.

 


The State of the Neighborhood Report

It is customary for our elected officials to report on the State of the city, the state and of the Union. I offer here The Holley Terrace Civic Association’s State of the Neighborhood Report! I am proud, on behalf of the Board of Directors and its Officers to report that we, as neighbors, property owners and residents, have much for which to be grateful and even proud. 
 
The Positives

  1. More participation through the payment of voluntary dues
  2. Continued protection from our Citizens-on-Patrol
  3. The decrease in reported crime
  4. A successful stump removal project
  5. Improvements and beautification of our common esplanades
  6. Improved upkeep of yard and homes
  7. The increase in our home values
Congratulations for having chosen Holley Terrace to be your home!
 
As we continue to progress we cannot let down our guard. These accomplishments didn’t happen by chance—they were the fruit of our community’s commitment to making Holley Terrace a safe and welcoming place. Although we have made some progress there is still more to be done. There are threats to the neighborhood, to our homes and more particularly to our houses. These threats become real without the legal and practical protection of a functioning Civic Association.

The Threats
  1. The loss of standards set by our deed restrictions
  2. The loss of property value by unkempt property
  3. A reverting back to a community without rules and common values
  4. The loss of our neighborly, family-oriented character
  5. The encroachment of businesses and multi-family dwellings
  6. Criminal activity goes hand-in-hand with a rundown, neglected neighborhood
Our Greatest Risk
 
We risk being yet another failed neighborhood where anything goes… For examples we need not look far. Our Deed Restrictions are the only thing standing between us and the developers who what to tear down our homes to build narrow-lot McMansions!
 
Without a Civic Association there can be no Deed Restrictions; but not surprisingly, without enforced Deed Restrictions there can be no Civic Association. We have to enforce our bylaws and our covenants to maintain our legal existence. If we don’t have your participation in electing your representatives and your help in maintaining our standards we risk seeing the demise of the single greatest protection to our single greatest monetary investment: our home.